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Kellogg’s Honey Smacks Salmonella outbreak sickens 100

Boxes of Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal tainted with Salmonella are still being sold in some stores despite being recalled last month by the company, increasing the number of people who have fallen ill after eating the sweetened puffed wheat cereal to 100 in 33 states, 30 of whom have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported to date. Kellogg Company agreed to recall affected boxes of Honey Smacks in June after consulting with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state partners. The products had been distributed across the United States including Guam ... Read More

Worker’s Widow Sues Colonial Pipeline Over Deadly 2016 Explosion

Colonial Pipeline is facing more legal trouble in the wake of its deadly 2016 pipeline explosion near Pelham, Alabama, that killed two workers and seriously injured five others. A new lawsuit filed July 9 in a Fulton County, Georgia State Court accuses Colonial Pipeline and a contractor of wrongful death, negligence, and wantonness, among other charges, in connection to the Oct. 31, 2016 explosion, according to the Daily Report. The lawsuit was filed by the widow of one of the workers killed in the blast and another worker who was seriously injured. The plaintiffs allege that a Colonial Pipeline project ... Read More

Robinson helicopters associated with post-crash fires

Robinson R44 Raven II helicopters, like the one involved in a fiery crash in Williamsburg, Virginia, earlier this week that set a 10-unit building on fire and killed two people, has a statistically higher accident rate than other helicopters and had been hit with several special airworthiness information bulletins from the Federal Aviation Administration. The R44 is one of the most popular helicopter models in the air even though it has been associated with certain mechanical issues and post-crash fires. Critics say that the helicopter that killed 91-year-old Jean Lonchak Danylko and pilot Henry E. Schwartz, shouldn’t have been in ... Read More

Toddler’s Burn Injuries Caused by Light-Up Shoes, Mother Says

A mother whose toddler suffered second-degree burns on his feet claims the injuries were caused by the batteries that power the lights in his Skechers Light Up training shoes. Sherry Foster described her son Peyton’s burn injuries in a public Facebook post on June 26. “Peyton has 2nd degree chemical burns from his sketcher lightable shoes. Apparently when they get wet the batteries release a chemical causing children’s feet to burn,” she said in the post, thanking her son’s doctor for treating his injuries on a busy day. The post quickly went viral, with more than half a million Facebook ... Read More

‘Fixer Upper’ stars hit with EPA fines for violating lead paint rules

HGTV “Fixer Upper” stars Chip and Joanna Gaines, have agreed to pay $200,000 in fines and upgrades, and to inform their audience about the dangers of lead-based paint to settle allegations brought by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding violations of the safe handling of lead paint during their televised home renovations. As part of the settlement, the Gaineses and their home renovation company Magnolia Homes will pay $40,000 in civil penalties and an additional $160,000 to abate lead-based paint hazards in homes and child-occupied facilities in Waco, Texas. Furthermore, the couple will ensure that their company is in compliance ... Read More

Dump truck involved in crash had history of violations

A dump truck involved in a serious multi-vehicle crash in northwest El Paso, Texas, had a history of safety violations and mechanical problems, according to an investigation by KFOX14. In April, the driver of an In N Out Transportation dump truck, which reportedly transports dirt and gravel in its truck beds, lost control of the vehicle while heading west on Transmountain Road, crashing into other vehicles before careening down Interstate 10 west where it collided with other vehicles along the way. One of the vehicles struck by the dump truck was pushed into oncoming traffic and was hit by an ... Read More

Counties with higher opioid use more likely to have voted for Trump

Counties with higher-than-average opioid use were also more likely to have voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election, according to a study published in the journal JAMA Network Open. Comparing a map of counties most affected by the opioid epidemic strikes a surprising similarity to Trump strongholds, Dr. James S. Goodwin, chair of geriatrics at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, told NPR. “There was a clear overlap between counties that had high opioid use … and the vote for Donald Trump.” For the study, Goodwin and his team of researchers reviewed Census Bureau data, 2016 ... Read More

Texas Man Claims Benzene Exposures At Work Caused Blood Disorder

A Texas man who alleges benzene exposure on the job left him with a serious blood disorder has filed a lawsuit against several petrochemical companies and other manufacturers he worked with for several years. Jack Turner and his wife Betty are seeking compensatory and punitive damages for Mr. Turner’s “consciousness of impending death,” the SE TexasRecord reports. Mr. Turner suffers from Myelodysplastic Syndrome, a form of blood disorder marked by poorly formed and/or malfunctioning blood cells. Exposure to benzene over a long period of time, even in low doses, can result in Myelodysplastic Syndrome and various other blood disorders which ... Read More

73 people infected with Salmonella after eating Honey Smacks cereal

At least 73 people in 31 states have fallen ill from Salmonella infections and health authorities say the likely culprit is Kellogg’s Honey Smacks sweetened puffed wheat cereal. As a result, the Kellogg Company has recalled the cereal, which was distributed throughout the United States as well as Guam and Saipan, and internationally in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, the Caribbean and Tahiti. Consumers are urged not to eat any of the recalled Honey Smacks cereal. Affected products include Honey Smacks 15.3 oz boxes with the BEST if Used By Date listed as JUN 14, 2018 through JUN 14, 2019, and ... Read More

Unattended Boy Dies In Hot Car After Grandmother Passes Out

The death of a 1-year-old South Carolina boy trapped inside a hot car underscores the importance of never leaving a child alone in a sealed car, even for a moment. Greenville, South Carolina’s WHNS reported that Crista McElhannon said her son Joe “Jojo” Lockaby was at his grandmother’s house for a sleepover May 31 when he took a short nap but woke up irritable. The grandmother loaded Jojo up in the car. Her plan was to take her grandson to McDonald’s for a Happy Meal – something that the two of them often enjoyed doing. But once Jojo was secured ... Read More